"What a joy it is to learn and to practice consistently."
"Ocean Wave" © 2008 New Moon
"... first you must practice the kata. You must practice each routine until every movement is correct and automatic as tying your shoelaces. Then you must practice the kata until in every instant of every movement you are totally conscious and present present without pride or any desire to impress or look good. And finally, you must practice the kata."
"When a Buddhist monk, samurai, artist, or poet sets off on a journey of self-discovery, that's shugyo. When a calligrapher repeats the same strokes over and over again, when an athlete, musician, dancer, or writer spends years practicing, that's shugyo. It is never an easy practice, never an easy path. It means dedication, sacrifice, and suffering. It is a path that hurts. But it is also a path with heart. The goal of this kind of training is spiritual enlightmenment."
From the book "Color of the Sea" by John Hamamura
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- A little about me, and Ma, and my teacher teachers
- Journal Entries:
||You are about to read a personal journal. It represents only my views and opinions as seen from my perspective. Though I have been as honest and truthful as is possible for me to be, I can not know the thoughts and feelings of others or the whole truth of any matter nor is it right to reveal publicly that which may be hurtful to others. If I speculate in these pages, please remember that I may be wrong. The way I see things can never be the same way others see them. I can only speak for myself. Each entry represents only what I was experiencing, thinking, and feeling at the time the entry was written. What I think is true today, may not be true for me tomorrow. Things change. Please keep all this in mind as you read. Thank you.
* 2001: These pages haven't yet been transcribed.
** 2006: These pages... are incomplete. The journal entries exist on paper; I didn't stop practicing, but... something happened to me in February, and it was very disruptive emotionally. I delayed putting the journal entries up because I thought I needed an explanation, and, because I didn't have an explanation... well. It's December now, and I've assimilated what happened. I'm almost ready to talk about it. Please be patient. Thank you.
* 2007: [*sigh*] Feels like everything has been falling apart. I don't practice as I used to. But I'm not standing still, and I haven't lost my taiji... it's just different now. And it's very hard to keep up the transcription of the journal entries. Well. We'll see what happens.
- About Taijiquan
The Five Virtues
The Eight Truths
The Keys to Taijiquan Practice
Yang Chengfu's Twelve Points
See Tai Chi Touchstones
Also see article "Yang Cheng Fu's 'Ten Essential Points'" by Dr. Paul Lam & Master Kam Lau Fung
Cheng Man-ch'ing's Five Principles:
Body upright; Relax; "Beautiful Lady's Hand";
Turn Waist; Separate Weight
See "Chen Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan"
Wang Yen-nien's Eight Principles
Master Jou's Rules for Learning Internal Arts:
- Know yourself
- Always do your best
- Don't overdo
- Make a little progress every day
The 24 Forms
The 32 Sword Forms
Xinjia Yilu (New Frame, First Path)
Cháng Dāo (Míao Dāo)
"Long blade" or "sprout blade" because of its long, slender, slightly curved shape. My
is 56 inches long; the blade measures 38 inches, and the hilt measures approximately 17 inches.
Tai Chi for Arthritis®
TCA Forms (Based on Sun Style)
The Dojo Kun: Precepts to Live By
One Way to Practice Karate
Essay: What Color Is Your Belt?
Some interesting thoughts related to karate (and taiji):
Kata As An Esoteric Practice by Gary Gabelhouse
Kuji-In and Kuji-Kiri by James Deacon
Note: If the above sites disappear, let me know: I've saved the text. It's worth reading.
About Kobudo or Kobujutsu
The Hakama & Keikogi
Pine Tree Dojo Meditation Hall
Books: A list of recommend books
Please take a few minutes to relax and join others of our online community while practicing sitting meditation, standing post (zhan zhuang), or static postures.
Ways to Wake Up
Beautiful hand-crafted practice weapons and equipment by Carina.
Annual Events of Note:
World Tai Chi & Chi Gong Day:
Publications of Note:
28 April 2007, 10:00 a.m. Worldwide
Check out the Waterford (CT) WTC&QD web site.
Tai Chi Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine
Other Interesting Links:
Taijiquan Journal, a quarterly magazine
Qi Journal, a quarterly journal
Daily Zen, an online contemplative haven
Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong Journal by Michael P. Garofalo
Peaceful Wolf T'ai Chi, David Shaver's school
The Madwoman's Journal, a personal journal
Olde Allen Farm, a learning center for herbalists
Lizzie's Yin-Yang Cookie Recipe
Cheerful Music Get up and dance!
El Rio Drive Polka
Por Una Cabeza
Mi Buenos Aires Querido
Never On Sunday
In the Mood
Konrad Mitchell Lawson's Foolsworkshop for easy to use Pinyin to Unicode conversions (and other things), and to Helmer Aslaksen's Reading and Writing Chinese Characters and Pinyin on the Web Using Unicode page for practical information about making Pinyin work on the web.
"It only hurts when I'm not laughing."
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